Whether it’s flexible labelers or tags that provide vital plant information to consumers, today’s greenhouse growers have many needs when it comes to tags and labeling system. Here, plant tag and label manufacturers discuss the biggest concerns they are hearing from growers, and how their new products are addressing these needs.
Great Lakes Label
According to Tony Cook, Owner and CEO of Great Lakes Label, growers are looking for tri-panel labels that can be peeled open to provide more valuable space for crucial information.
“They are also interested in our WetStick label, which resists moisture so effectively that it can be applied underwater. This durable label also sticks to textured surfaces such as decorative pots.”
When it comes to automation, Cook cites a number of new products Great Lakes Label has developed:
• The Tag Labeling System allows for flexibility when it comes to major retailers increasing the requirements for individual plant tags. On some occasions, different prices are required on the same version of a tag by these major retailers in order to be sent to various regions. The Tag Labeling System allows growers to efficiently handle these requirements.
“Applying by hand uses too much labor, and throwing unusable tags away can cost companies thousands of dollars,” Cook says. “The Tag Labeling System provides the option to over-label, which reduces material waste and increases material efficiency.”
• The High-Speed Labeling System labels stacked pots, both round and square. It works at a rate of up to 225 containers per minute on average for print and apply, and up to 375 containers per minute on average for apply only. Label sizes are a minimum of 1.25 by 1.25 inches with a standard blow box applicator. Smaller labels can be applied using a tamp/blow application. Label sizes can reach a maximum size of 5 by 5 inches with a standard blow box applicator.
• The Label Gator 2.0 now has upgraded software. Introduced at Cultivate’16, the system utilizes the same simple user interface for the operator. Users can now quickly set operator buttons from an infinite number of preset label formats. It has been expanded to six variable fields, one UPC field, one fixed data field, and one date field. Rotate any field individually to orient on the label as needed.
• The Two-Sided Labeling System labels the sides of individual containers or trays up to 280 per minute based on container and label size. It is compatible with round and square containers as well as trays and flats. The label is typically 2.25 inches high, based on standard peel edge; however, optional peel edge widths are available upon request.
• The Propagator Labeling System labels the front of seed propagation trays at a rate of 20 trays per minute, depending on product length and spacing. The label size is 4 to 6 inches wide by 0.5 to 0.75 of an inch in height.